Thursday, December 27, 2007

Jeremy Sisto Joins The Law And Order Cast

Jeremy Sisto is joining Law & Order for its 18th season. He plays Detective Cyrus Lupo, new partner to Detective Ed Green (series veteran Jesse L. Martin). Also joining up is Linus Roache as Chief Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter, who succeeds Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston), himself the newly appointed district attorney. Fred Thompson, who for five seasons played District Attorney Arthur Branch, exited last spring to launch a real-life presidential bid. Meanwhile, S. Epatha Merkerson (as Lieutenant Van Buren) and Alana De La Garza (as Assistant District Attorney Connie Rubirosa) remain on duty. Bottom line: Sisto and Roache become the 23rd and 24th actors to fill the show’s six slots for cops and prosecutors.

Law & Order begins another season after surviving a near-death experience last May. It was almost canceled, the victim of a sharp ratings drop. Having won a reprieve, it’s now back in the chase to overtake Gunsmoke (20 years) as TV’s most-enduring prime-time drama. Two episodes air Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. “It’s classic Law & Order, but it’s been reinvigorated,” says Sisto, munching a cookie at a favorite coffee hangout in his SoHo neighborhood.

The premise: After four years abroad working undercover intel, Detective Lupo is summoned to New York when his brother is found dead. Lupo joins Green to crack the case. Unlike many of Sisto’s roles, Lupo is a somewhat understated personality. Sisto has a knack for stirring up a thunderstorm in his performances. But not here. “It’s a different kind of acting, this Law & Order thing,” he explains. “They want two partners who can play off each other well and are fun to watch, but depth of character is not necessary in this job. Too much character gets in the way of the story. This is a very specific gig.”

Source: MSNBC.com

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